Beautiful Day for a Festival

The 1954 Chevrolet Fire Truck traveling the parade route for the 23rd Annual Ozark Ham and Turkey Festival

The 1954 Chevrolet Fire Truck traveling the parade route for the 23rd Annual Ozark Ham and Turkey Festival Photo by Paula Earls.

The weather is great today for the 23rd Annual Ozark Ham and Turkey Festival.

There will be more than 100 booths, a Barbecue Tournament at the Commerce Bank parking lot, an Antique Tractor Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. also at the Moniteau County Fairgrounds.

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A variety of antique tractors are on display at the Moniteau County Fair grounds today during the 23rd annual Ozark Ham and Turkey Festival

A Disc Golf Tournament is being held at Proctor Park.

On the post office lawn has the Kid's Corner from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bingo will be from noon to 4 p.m. on the Courthouse lawn.

A washerboard tournament, located on Third Street, begins at noon. Registration is at 11 a.m.

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Children love the petting zoo hosted by the California High School FFA.

There are three stages with a variety of entertainment.

The North Stage entertainment is provided by the students of the California Middle School and High School students. On the South Stage, entertainment includes a number of local performers, including the California Chorus with its performance of "Celebrate America." The historic Finke Theatre serves as the third stage with performances by the California Community Ensemble and other groups. The Friends of the Finke is also holding a fundraiser raffle with drawing to be at 4 p.m. the day of the festival.

Last, but not least, are the Tuff Truck Scramble and Compact Figure 8 Challenge at the Moniteau County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 4 p.m. The event begins at 7 p.m. with admission $7. Children under 12 are free.

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